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November 2016 News from Ocracats

posted Nov 7, 2016, 9:53 AM by Ellen Goldlust   [ updated Feb 10, 2018, 9:21 AM ]

The September spay/neuter clinic provided 17 male and 16 female cats with neuters and rabies vaccinations. Howard Johnson, DVM, and his vet tech, Joanna Burkett, worked with our volunteers to run the clinic and brought and donated many much-needed supplies. We now have a community volunteer who will be our first medical responder for cat emergencies or emerging medical conditions within the colonies. She provided Dr. Johnson with a wish list, and he granted those wishes. An enormous thank you to Dr. Johnson!

Hurricane Matthew produced the worst flooding the island has seen in a long time. It is thought that the high-water mark from the historic ’44 storm was less than Matthew. The Village Craftsmen has recorded high-water marks for many storms: Matthew was 4½ inches higher than Hurricane Alex (2004), which flooded many cars and was considered to have the island's highest flood line. All the colonies did well with the event, and our caretakers report that almost all of the kitties are safe and healthy.

During the past season, many Ocracat supporters on vacation at Ocracoke brought bags of cat food and cases of canned food for the colonies. Others have shipped food to us through Amazon or We SO appreciate those efforts—many do not realize how costly it is to feed the colonies daily and the effort our volunteers put in to keep the water fresh, food available, and count heads. During the winter, our food bills reach $1,000 per month, when we have no visitors on the island helping us. Also, those who have chosen Ocra Cats as their charity on Amazon Smile are continually adding money to our account with every purchase from Amazon. It adds up and makes a big difference!

So thanks from all of us on the island! You are purrfect friends!